LEADING LADIES: Marley, flanked by Ramsey (left) and Corradini.
"She has made it her mission to combat hunger and poverty by promoting youth empowerment, economic investment and health-care education on the African continent," said International Women's Forum (IWF) President, Deedee Corradini, ahead of presenting Rita Marley with the 2013 Leading Light Award at the closing ceremony of the IWF's Cornerstone Conference in Montego Bay last Friday evening.
Marley was singled out for the award, chiefly due to her efforts in alleviating poverty and hunger in Africa, via her Rita Marley Foundation, which has adopted 35 kids in Ethiopia.
"This has happened for a reason and a purpose," said Marley as she accepted the award. "This is the beginning of something big that is happening in my life. To get a recognition like this, it means a lot."
Among those in attendance at the ceremony: Pat Ramsey (President of the IWF's Jamaica chapter), reggae queen Marcia Griffiths, and Jamerican actress Sheryl Lee Ralph.